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Words for a Divided World, public lecture

In an era that is polarized politically and religiously, how can Americans of faith re-open the conversation and find common ground and purpose?

Wednesday, September 1, 7 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th St., Topeka, KS

Griswold writes frequently for The New Yorker on faith and politics (and also happens to be the daughter of former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Frank Griswold). All are welcome to this free, public event. It promises to be a lively evening!

Eliza Griswold is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Amity and Prosperity which recounts the true story of how fracking shattered one Pennsylvania town and how one resident brought it to light. She also wrote The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her latest book, If Men, Then, a darkly humorous collection of poems, explores the world’s fracturing through the collapse of the ego, embodied in a character named “I”—a soul wrestling with itself in the face of an unfolding tragedy. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and her original poetry won the 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Art and Letters in Rome. Griswold has held fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Harvard University. Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, Eliza Griswold lives in New York with her husband and son.

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